Education has always been central to the activities at The Stables. Today’s education programme remains faithful to John Dankworth and Cleo Laine’s vision of ‘allmusic’ – breaking down barriers between different musical genres and encouraging people to explore, create and perform music of all kinds. This unique and unbiased approach has inspired many young people on their path towards a musical career or an interest in music for life.
Dominic Miller, who attended the Allmusic Course at The Stables in the 1970s, went on to become a professional guitarist and regularly performs in Sting’s band. He says: “Being at The Stables helped define who I am and what I represent today as a musician.”
Another former Allmusic Course student, Guy Chambers, is a songwriter and producer who is best known for his work with Robbie Williams. They met in 1997 and subsequently collaborated on five massively successful albums, earning Guy three BRIT Awards, three Ivor Novellos, a Q Classic Songwriter Award and a MMF Best Produced Record Award. More recently Guy has worked with Jamie Cullum, Charlotte Church, James Blunt, Brian McFadden and Beverley Knight.
Tim Firth, a former student of the Music Camps, is a playwright and scriptwriter whose film credits include Calendar Girls. Tim won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2003 for Our House and is currently working on a new musical with Guy Chambers.